The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Board of Trustees has approved expanding the mission of Alexandria Technical College to a comprehensive technical and community college and changing the college’s name. The new name, which is Alexandria Technical and Community College, and new mission take effect immediately. The new mission will allow the college to offer the first two years of a liberal arts degree so students can transfer to a four-year institution. The college will continue to offer technical and career programs that lead directly to jobs. “Expanding the college’s mission fits well with the board’s strategic goal of providing more opportunities for Minnesotans to enter and complete post-secondary programs,” said David Olson, the board chair. The college is part of the MnSCU system that includes Central Lakes College, a community and technical college with campsues in Brainerd and Staples.